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Question: On your recommendation, I watched the first episode of Mom. Why do sitcoms insist on using these horrible laugh tracks still? I found it so distracting it took away from any viewing pleasure. I'll sample the show again because I really like the actors, but do you hate laugh tracks as much as I do? — Rob
BBC America has canceled Copper after two seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The copppers of Five Points may have met their match.
On Sunday's all-new Copper (10/9c, BBC America), Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) and his men are faced with a new kind of criminal, a professional counterfeiter by the name of Philomen Keating (guest star Lee Tergesen).
Kevin Ryan and Tom Weston-Jones
The second season of BBC America's Copper (Sundays, 10/9c) is set in 1865 New York. With the Civil War drawing to a close, Irish immigrant police detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) must deal with upheaval in the gritty Five Points slum as well as overall changes in the city. Copper executive producer and showrunner Thomas Kelly has chronicled New York history for years — his 2005 novel, Empire Rising, centered on the construction of the Empire State Building, and his TV credits include the New York-set Blue Bloods and The Black Donnellys. Kelly explains why Copper shines.
Gen. Donovan just wants the Sixth Precinct to do its job -- is that so wrong?
On Sunday's all-new episode of Copper (10/9c, BBC America), a cop killer is on the loose, and Donovan (Donal Logue) is taking the matter to heart. "
Watch your back, Corky!
On Sunday's all-new Copper (10/9c, BBC America), we see Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) seemingly late to the wedding of Elizabeth Haverford and Robert Morehouse (Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid).
"Be a part of it or get the hell out!"
On the new season of Copper (Sunday, 10/9c, BBC America), Brigadier General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue) makes a strong first impression when he returns to Five Points after the Civil War to really clean up the sex, drugs and violence in the area. For our copper, Det. Kevin Corcoran ...
Talk about outsourcing! An increasing number of TV's all-American cops, firefighters and doctors are being played by actors not from the U.S. of A.
Of course, foreign actors have been hiding their accents to play Americans for years. House's Hugh Laurie was so skilled at trading in his upper-crust Cambridge lilt to play the titular grumpy doctor that many viewers were shocked to find out he was British when he spoke with his real voice on an awards show or during interviews...
Question: What can I say except: "Awesome!" Fringe could not have ended any other way. I was fully prepared to be sad and upset, but the ending left me feeling fulfilled and satisfied. I applaud anyone who had anything to do with this amazing show. Walter, Olivia, Peter and the gang have become family to me and I am happy knowing that they have a future. So thank you universe, whichever one you choose, for this wonderful show. And thank you, Matt, for always championing Fringe and giving it space and time in your column. — Rachel
Evil casts a long shadow over BBC America's promising new thriller Ripper Street (Saturday, 9/8c). Set amid the grimy slums of London's Whitechapel district in the immediate wake of Jack the Ripper's reign of slaughter, this absorbing 19th-century procedural depicts police work complicated by widespread public panic that each new murder might herald the return of the phantom fiend.